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Windows 7: Windows 7 too big for mem stick, what to remove to to slim down?

28 May 2011   #1
javalu882005

64 bit Windows 7 BETA
 
 
Windows 7 too big for mem stick, what to remove to to slim down?

So i snapped off the IDE on my mother board, totally fxxxed my self lol
and just found a 4 GB mem stick which is like 3.69 GB. So it is 110 MB short for my Windows 7 Disk to fit on it. How can i slim down my Boot disk so i can make my Boot stick?

D:\
boot
efi
sources
support // don't really need this also right?
upgrade // i feel i can remove this one.. i think


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28 May 2011   #2
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Any win7 Install DVD should fit on a 4GB USB stick

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
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28 May 2011   #3
javalu882005

64 bit Windows 7 BETA
 
 

actually, nm, i can just take two trips and put the windows on the desktop and install it from there.
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28 May 2011   #4
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Um no you can't, Windows has to be installed from USB or Disk, no exceptions, you can't just mount a .iso file of Windows 7 and install it.
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28 May 2011   #5
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Um no you can't, Windows has to be installed from USB or Disk, no exceptions, you can't just mount a .iso file of Windows 7 and install it.
Technically you can.... it just takes a little more work Recovery Partition - Create

Just substitute "Windows Disk" for "mounted Windows ISO"
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28 May 2011   #6
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Yes I know that, but he said to place it on the desktop and install it. Also, if the bootmanager is corrupt, it is useless.
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28 May 2011   #7
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SlasherIT View Post
Yes I know that, but he said to place it on the desktop and install it. Also, if the bootmanager is corrupt, it is useless.
No arguments there, although with Windows 7 most OEM recovery partitions are also useless if the bootmanager goes south, as they are linked to the f8 recovery console. In fact my tutorial has big red warnings pointing this out...

Although for this scenario, I would say the recovery partition is probably the best solution. Assuming the USB is genuinely just a little bit too small for the whole installation, there is no reason why the files can't be copied in two trips, and then the recov. partition made. The files have to be decompressed either way, Easy won't care whether they have been added in one lump or two, unless you try to create it without everything there.

Also, it's possible to do an UPGRADE from a recov partition with a shortcut on the desktop, although you are correct, a clean install can't be done from desktop.
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28 May 2011   #8
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

True, but I'm gonna stick to the tried and true old fashioned way of using disc or USB. Besides, OP, if you can't use USB, burn the .iso to a DVD, which is dirt cheap.
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28 May 2011   #9
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Don't get me wrong, I completely agree. There is no substitute for physical media, be it USB or a disk. I do find the recov partition useful for doing quick things like loading system images though, installs take half the time and it saves looking for the disk. As you say though, if something goes wrong with the BCD/MBR or the HDD fails, yeah you're pretty much screwed if you don't have physical media to fall back on.

I sort of assumed that the DVD drive was IDE, and the OP lost the use when they broke it. Could just be me making assumptions though.
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28 May 2011   #10
SlasherIT

Ubuntu 12.10
 
 

Ur guess is as good as mine really, the OP didn't specify if his disk reader got screwed up or not.
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